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Devastating fire can’t keep Simcoe Worship Center from their worship, ministry

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CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Fire consumed a large part of the Simcoe Worship Center on a bitter cold day in January.

Temperatures dropped so low that the water used to extinguish the flames froze before it hit the ground.

The fire burned for hours, destroying the children's building. It burned so hot that they still don't know what caused it. The head pastor says they'll never know what left them with the charred bones of a building they loved.

While they surveyed the smoke damage to the sanctuary, senior pastor Heath Tinker remembers a number of churches reaching out to him.

But perhaps the most important phone call came from just down the road, a mere five minutes away.

They found what they were looking for, a place to call home, while the pieces cool off.

The people of First Baptist Church of Fairview opened up their sanctuary to the congregation of the Simcoe Worship Center for Sunday afternoons.

Tinker tells us, "All of [our sanctuary] is being totally gutted, all the way down to the studs."

But they've got a plan to worship there again. The building was insured. They expect to rebuild.

"We're hoping to be holding our main services in the sanctuary within six months," confirms TInker.

Tinker says the deadline doesn't consume their focus though, "Mainly we're still focusing on reaching the community. We have Operation Go. Last year, December 5th, we fed 491 people."

They've already started fundraising for that again this year.

They want to stay on mission, no matter the circumstances.

Leaders say you can follow along with their journey home on their Facebook page, here.


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